Namco isn't skimping on
fresh glimpses of Soul Calibur V. Gloss over the brief, mandatory “in days of
yore” business to get to a non-stop barrage of character intros delivered via
the welcome medium of fast-paced gameplay footage, which should serve to ease
veterans back into the fold even while enticing newcomers (unless you don't
like swords and randomly-yelled wisecracks, in which case you're SOL). There's
also a glut of new screens and concept art, focusing on vampy newcomer Viola and
returning Big Bad Astaroth.
Here's the trailer, which
should give you a fair idea of which fighter you might like to pick first when
the game launches early next year. Producer Hisaharu Tago promises the game
will offer a “faster, lighter, and more elegant” addition to the series.
New fighter Viola is
apparently a calculated attempt to offset the series' rep for gratuitous skin.
She's also probably the closest you'll ever get to seeing what Ezio Auditore
would look like as a sexy female Freddy Krueger.
Astaroth may be another angle on the same “see, we're well aware half-nude
doesn't always equal sexy” message – though doubtless some of you get off on
that sort of thing.
Here's a gallery of new
screens showing Viola, Astaroth and some more of the SCV crew in action.
Sep 15, 2011